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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Each year, nearly 80 students from Nebraska and western-Iowa compete in the Omaha World-Herald's Midwest Spelling Bee. The students earn the right to compete in the Omaha World-Herald Midwest Spelling Bee by winning their county or district bees.

2021 Omaha World-Herald Midwest Spelling Bee Information

The winner of the 2021 Omaha World-Herald Midwest Spelling Bee is Hannah Fernandes. Hannah is an 8th grader at St. Stephen The Martyr in Omaha.
Hannah will now compete with other top spellers to become one of the 10-12 finalists who will travel to Orlando to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on July 8.
The Bee will be hosted in person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The Omaha World-Herald is proud to sponsor the Midwest Spelling Bee since 1929.

Contact Information

Tam Webb
Midwest Spelling Bee Coordinator
Omaha World-Herald
1314 Douglas Street, Suite 600
Omaha, NE 68102
Tel: 402-444-3125

Nicole Dittoe
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Sponsorship and Operations Assistant
Ph: 513-898-4033
Fax: 513-977-3808
Email: or


Past Champions

2019 Payton Smidt, DeWitt, NE
2018  Stephanie Lewis, Omaha, NE
2017  Hannah Fernandes, Omaha, NE
2016  Tharein Potuhera, Omaha, NE
2015  Brooke Biby, Omaha, NE
2014  Grace Johanningsmeier, Omaha, NE
2013  Antonio Lansang, Neligh, NE
2012  Julia Fiksinski, Omaha, NE
2011  Jenny Solheim, Omaha, NE
2010  Emma Johanningsmeier, Omaha, NE
2009  Bobby Larsen, Papillion, NE
2009  Alexis Sharp, Omaha, NE
2008  Pierce Dageforde, Omaha, NE
2007  Sarah Mirza, Grand Island, NE
2006  Ben Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
2005  Ben Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
2004  Katie Nespor, Fullerton, NE
2003  Regina Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
2002  Regina Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
2001  Regina Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
2000  Ester Wright, Columbus, NE
1999  Kristin Sargeant, Bellevue, NE
1998  Kristin Sargeant, Bellevue, NE
1997  Stephen Wright, Columbus, NE
1996  Matthew Wright, Columbus, NE
1995  Matthew Wright, Columbus, NE
1994  Jennifer Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
1993  Jennifer Reinig, Portsmouth, IA
1992  Christopher Brown, Lincoln, NE
1991  Camille Schaffer, Columbus, NE
1990  Megan Brown, Omaha, NE

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